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Red Beard Fans: those of you who could not make it to the reading on Saturday still have a chance to buy the book! Staff member Jaime Davidson and I will be selling additional first print copies Friday May 6 during Pioneer High's early lunch period in front of the senior annex. If you don't go to Pioneer and would still like a copy, they are always available online on the Neutral Zone's Shopify whose link is available here or under the Red Beard Bools category of this site (as found in the menu above). For those who need to pay in cash for any reason and do not attend Pioneer high school or will not be at school Friday, contact your local Red Beard representative as provided below. Also: new changes, check out our new professional domain: www.redbeardpress.org! Org! That means we are organized!
-Pioneer: Löwe Denkten Wir, Jaime Davidson, Mia Shin, or Lionel Roberts
-Community: Clara Kaul or Natalie Delph
-Huron: Lillian Li (check with your english teacher for details)
-Skyline: Lillian Li (check with your english teacher for details)
-Greenhills: Julia Bohm or Osa Svensson
-ECA: Klover Sun
-Pathways/other schools not listed: Mary Gallagher (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Thank you so much to everyone who came to the reading tonight! So many buttons were made, screen printing turned out really well (Thanks Natalie & Clara), about seventy people came to the reading, we had a live performance from the artist Suicide, great performances from all our poets, and we almost sold out of books! If you couldn't make it be sure to get your copy of pufferfish magazine from our shopify (it will be available soon) at: http://neutralzone.myshopify.com/
Also for those who didn't get information on how to download the audio submissions, they are available on soundcloud whose link you can access here (Suicide's song Pray will be available soon but is not currently posted)
In addition: Keep paying attention to our feed because I'll be hitting you up with more interviews soon from those who didn't get posted before the reading!
Great reading! Thank you to Dea Chapell, Kyndall Flowers, Lily Kujawski, and the alien in the corner for reading their pieces tonight. Also thank you to Violet Seeburger, Dylan Gilbert, and Ricky McLilly for performing for us (though they are not pictured above). Finally, thank you for all the other artists who made it out tonight: Eleanor Olson, Yuchen Yang, Ezra Kushmaul, and any others who I didn't have a chance to speak with! You all made this happen!
Authors, artists, and musicians who will be featured in the First Edition of Pufferfish Magazine and supporters of those artists:
while reviewing the pufferfish event date, April 30th (mark your calendars!), we realized that not only is the release date both the Friday before AP testing begins, it is also the same night as the U of M's graduation ceremony. The humanity! Therefore, we have decided to begin PR now! Please try to find a way to make it to our event even though parking will be pretty much non-existent! There will be a lot of fresh and upcoming authors reading that night and for many it could be their first performance in front of an audience. It would, I am certain, mean the world to your friends and peers that you make it out to support them and their art! It would be great to have a healthy turn-out for this event. Take the bus! Walk! Ride a giant toad! Dogs welcome! (I actually do not have the authority to say that but maybe!) Humans definitely welcome! Aliens too! Please share this post or tell your friends and teachers about this event and help us overcome the wrath of the UM Senior Class of 2016.
Red Beard fans! I visited Volume again tonight for the first time in a while... I encourage you all to join Alex Kime and other literary arts teens on Thursdays @ 6:30. I forgot what an amazing program it is and how much it helps me process/release myself from anxieties I have. This week Hannah Mitchell talked to us about imagist poetry like William Carlos Williams. I hadn't thought about the poem "The Red Wheelbarrow" in a long time and I was really interested by the way she re-taught it. Though not always at a convenient point in the week and sometimes a bit sleepier than necessary, Volume continues to remind me that poetry and literature are not separate from everyday life. I wrote our fans a poem in the hopes it will sway you to join Volume next week with Fiona Chamness and her fantastic attitude!
So much depends
The copy machine's double
Its futuristic origins which
confuse most people
but the water cup sitting gently on its edge,
whose quaking ripples yawn silently, has mastered
(Here is an additional very helpful map that shows the location of "Animal Planet" if you put it in google maps. X marks the spot! The map also may bring you to the Neutral Zone.... Who knows? Follow it tomorrow to find out!!!)
At the Neutral Zone we take pride in our ability to have teen leadership rolls. Since Carlina Duan, our former supervisor, left to teach in Malaysia, we have been noticing how much was left in her hands. We now have a consistent staff of somewhere around ten teens and we decided it was time to start giving the teens some of the roles which Carlina used to handle and now has handed to Mary Gallagher. We separated into a few categories: Financial/business, Communication/PR, Event Planning, Editing/Design, and Promotion.
Hopefully with our new system of putting our separate efforts into different areas we can focus more on our growth and dynamics with outside communities and also hopefully improve inner-press communication. We have in the past worked as a group on large projects but it usually boils down to one or two people working hard, hopefully this will help us spread the effort in order to establish our style & voice as a press.
I was talking with my mother when she was driving me home today. She was telling me how she wished people taught each other the things they know how to do more often. The way societies share is definitely evolving and the ways families hand things down their lineage is different than how our parents experienced it. Jeff Kass teaches poetry in his creative writing class where poets discuss learning how to cook from their parents or how to be strong from their ancestors. I've been seeing learning and the transfer of knowledge moving more into the hands of public spaces.
At the Ann Arbor youth slams and MLTAB, the poets teach about life in Michigan as youth. At home our parents teach us how to argue and be angry and still love. Our bosses and teachers teach us how to handle unfairness, how to waste and use time effectively. Randos (Randos: Noun. from latin word for confusion: formerly, the favorite form of acquaintance for the collective blog of Red Beard Press) teach us about the way other people think in blog posts and articles we see on the internet.
To be honest I think Red Beard is a really important press who is promoting learning within Ann Arbor. Recently there have been a lot of people who have been the target of national attention who really don't know what they are talking about or how to understand their relation to other people and their experiences. The writing we are putting out in the world helps promote the voices of those in Ann Arbor who don't have the ability to be heard, or people from outside Ann Arbor educating us on what it is like living elsewhere. Angel Nafis teaches about what it is like to grow up in Ann Arbor as a black queer woman. Jeff Kass teaches us what it is like to be an educator and father. Eli DeLing speaks from the perspective of growing up in a country hostile and violent towards women. And H. Melt gives us wisdom from Chicago on the issues and daily life of those struggling with gender queerness.
Hopefully we will be able to improve/strengthen our relationships with local bookstores and small businesses around the country such as Women & Children First Bookstore in Chicago.
Keep spreading the word, help us promote! Share the words of Ann Arbor's overshadowed authors and friends!
If anyone has suggestions of local businesses or authors/writers where Red Beard might find some support, our PR and Promotion staff members would greatly appreciate it. Also, if you have anything you are well versed in, please leave us a comment! Any knowledge/stories/ideas are great to hear.
"Poets should bring poetry into all the places where it allegedly doesn’t belong, to all the so-called ‘non-traditional’ audiences that are actually the most traditional audiences of all, from prisons to drug treatment programs, from community centers to urban high schools. (I once gave a reading at a boxing gym in Willimantic, Connecticut, to a team of young amateur boxers, mostly Puerto Rican. Their coach liked poetry.) I don’t know if writers have a collective purpose; I do know that our purpose should include a commitment to the collective." -Martín Espada, interviewed by Nicole Sealey for PEN America.
Pufferfish submissions are in! There are so many! We are rolling in them like money! Authors, please send us another copy of your work, they are all crinkled.
P.S. continue to spread word of Red Beard, our submissions inbox is always open even not during official submission dates! Keep us rolling all the way to the release party for pufferfish in April, actually, all the way until till June!!! Tell your friends, cohorts, co-workers, corn fields (just shout it at them, they like to hear news about us, we roomed together in college), families, children, and especially teachers!!!
This week we are very focused on staying on top of reading everything for our upcoming deadlines, however it is important for us to keep our past work revived. I encourage all our 440 fans to continue spreading word(s) of our older books. Uncommon Core Fiction was just released, Uncommon Core Poetry is still alive and vibrant and energized as ever!!! Teachers all over the country are using these works and if you are sick of the euro-centric, boring, outdated works we read in school continue pushing our teachers to pay attention to our contemporary textbooks. Spread word to writers, help us continue improving the ways schools teach writing.
In addition some of the books we've published in the past few years have been getting national attention. Angel Nafis, author of BlackGirl Mansion, was listed as one of the top contemporary writers to pay attention to. H. Melt's book was read by the poet laureate who loved it. And our very own former supervisor Carlina Duan, co-author of Electric Bite Woman and author of Here I go, Torching, was quoted and promoted by well known fashion blogger, Arabelle Sicardi. It is so important to support and help lengthen these voices. They are shouting on their own but help us make them scream.
"there is only snow. and inside: there is only muscle. only what I can give and flex- which is to say inside: there is a moon in me, a heart that swamps and swamps. today: oil and vessel. turnips I fried for dinner. joy I got from touching a friend's humble face. the monthly blood. the honest stutter. what I place my paws on: only rain, only squares of papaya, and the hundred lives in me all hard and tender, eager to sprout" -Carlina Duan, from "What I've lost", Here I go, Torching
About Red Beard Press
Red Beard Press is an independent, youth-driven publishing company dedicated to creating cutting-edge literary arts projects, publishing emerging voices, and inspiring passionate literary communities.